Court upholds conviction in Monroe prison guard’s death

Byron Eugene Scherf was sentenced to death for killing corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011.

Byron Scherf (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Byron Scherf (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Associated Press OLYMPIA — The Washington Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the conviction of a state prison inmate in the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in 2011. Byron Eugene Scherf was sentenced to death for the killing inside a chapel at the state prison in Monroe. The court on Thursday converted his sentence to life in prison without parole, because the justices struck down Washington’s death penalty last month as unconstitutional, but they affirmed his conviction.
Jayme Biendl, 34, was a correctional officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe She was killed by Byron Scherf in 2011. (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Jayme Biendl, 34, was a correctional officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe She was killed by Byron Scherf in 2011. (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Scherf argued that the trial court should have suppressed some evidence in his case, including videotaped statements he gave to investigators and medical records the state used to establish that he was capable of premeditation. Scherf, a previously convicted rapist, was already serving life without parole when he attacked Biendl. This story has been corrected to show Scherf’s previous conviction was for rape.

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